Things to do in Preston | Restaurants

With everything from sizzling hot Szechuan to great British comfort food and Turkish dishes, Italian pizzas and Thai curries, the city has a bit of everything thrown into the melting pot. Here are just some of the best restaurants in Preston.

Starting with one of the highest-ranked restaurants via TripAdvisor, Totto’s Mediterranean Turkish Delight lives up to its name. An institution in the city, they serve up a wide range of well-priced starters, pasta and pizzas (the pizzas are especially good value) and an impressive range of Turkish specials, including their Kleftiko; an oven-roasted leg of lamb topped with red wine and rosemary gravy (sorry if you’ve just started drooling!). Handily, our Preston Central hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from the restaurant.

If that hasn’t satiated your Mediterranean taste buds, head south east to Pinocchio’s in Walton-le-Dale. Built on a slice of history – Cromwell’s battle of Preston was played out on this site in 1648 – the restaurant is a modern and spacious area filled with glass and light and has a menu that doesn’t veer far from the classics, both new and old. Their freshly caught and cooked seafood is a reason to visit on its own.

Back after a 10-year hiatus, The Café Bar in Winckley Street serves up a range of tapas menus, including Greek and Italian, a mouth-watering cheese and salad menu including baked feta, their melt-in-the-mouth cheese pies and a range of paella options.

Rounding off the Italian and Mediterranean restaurants is Angelo’s. Spinning pizza and making fresh pasta since 1980, you can find them just off Church Street close to a lot of Preston’s bars, clubs and shops. The kitchen and dining room have recently been renovated, creating a very smart white and wood interior, while the food – a traditional mix of pasta, pizzas, meats and fish – is as good as their hand-picked Italian wine list.

There are plenty of spicier options in Preston, with Tang one of the best rated restaurants in the city. An authentic Chinese restaurant based in Preston since 2008, they have two menus – one for the more adventurous eater and the other a more traditional option. And once you’ve made your choice and settled back with a drink, you can head into one of their karaoke function rooms and sing the night away.

Moving south – geographically speaking – we come to several outstanding Thai restaurants, including Thai Orchid and A Taste of Thailand. Thai Orchid is a more conventional restaurant that’s been dishing out Thai green curries and spring rolls for nearly 20 years, and is 10 minutes’ walk from our Preston Central hotel. For a cosier experience based more on Thai street food culture, head to A Taste of Thailand. A wood-lined joint with cool artworks decorating the walls, you can eat their egg fried noodles in-house or opt for a takeaway.

Closing out our restaurant section is a trio of Indian restaurants. The Silk Route is one of the best-loved restaurants in Preston, serving up a fusion of Indian, Asian, Balti and Bangladeshi-inspired food. The buffet menu is the best priced option and if you’re ordering from the main menu, make sure to check out the impressive range of signature dishes.

East Z East in Church Street combines quality and quantity; just check out their planet-sized naan breads that come out hanging from their own stand or the chutney platter that comes with their crispy poppadoms. It’s a busy restaurant, so be sure to book ahead.

And finally, to the north in the Fulwood district, there’s Sai Surbhi. With nearly 100 items on the menu, including a dedicated vegetarian page, you won’t be short of options at this restaurant, including dishes from across the Indian subcontinent.

A Taste of Thailand

A Taste of Thailand

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